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Monday, February 9, 2009

Flipping Pages

Okay, I’ll admit it, this month I turned the page on my calendar a few days late. Normally, I wouldn’t mind (it’s not an unusual occurrence, after all); however, February is different. First, it’s already the shortest month of the year and doesn’t need additional editing (yes, even editors know when to say when). And, much more importantly, it’s Black History Month. For twenty-eight days (not counting those crazy leap years), we commemorate the enormous contributions of African Americans in our society. For twenty-eight days, we recognize Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., and hundreds of other African American icons. For a mere twenty-eight days, all people are given the chance to discuss the African American experience, to share stories, both fiction and nonfiction, of their struggles, triumphs, and perseverance throughout history. So, before flipping the page on your calendar next month, flip through the pages of a few good books and learn something you hadn’t yet known. Oh, and don’t worry if March comes a few days late.

Donnie Lemke
Senior Editor
Stone Arch Books

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